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Nigeria: 10 things to know about Senator Amosun, presidential aspirant

By ‘Tofe Ayeni

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Posted on May 23, 2022 13:40

 © Senator Ibikunle Amosun
Senator Ibikunle Amosun

APC Ogun Central District Senator Ibikunle Amosun has completed his two terms as governor of Ogun State in 2015 and is now eyeing Nigeria’s top political office. That means he will be battling heavy weights such as Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Lagos godfather Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the party’s presidential ticket. How likely is he to win? We break down the top 10 things to know about Amosun.

1. Presidential ambition

Amosun has declared his intention to run for the presidency and has bought the N100m ($240,673) APC presidential form. Surprisingly, although he and Ekiti State Governor Fayemi are both looking to be the APC presidential candidate, they attended each other’s declaration events.

It is unlikely that they are colluding to run together, as the APC is sticking to the Nigerian political system of zoning, and therefore two south-westerners are unlikely to take the ticket. It is more probable that they are simply showing support for each other.

Other Ogun State natives, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and pastor Tunde Bakare (Buhari’s 2011 running mate) are both looking to run under the APC ticket as well.

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